MINI at the IAA Cars 2019 in Frankfurt.

BMW:MINI at the IAA Cars 2019 in Frankfurt.

Show premiere for the all-electric MINI Cooper SE – New battery cell
technology extends electric range of the
MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid by 30 per cent –
Traditional British brand reflects on its 60-year heritage, presents
current model range, new customisation options and the latest
accessory and lifestyle products in Hall 11 at the Frankfurt trade
fair arena.

Munich. MINI promises visitors to the IAA Cars 2019
international motor show in Frankfurt am Main an electrifying display
in every sense with a stand focused squarely on electric mobility. The
show premiere of the British premium brand’s new MINI Cooper SE (fuel
consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; electric power consumption
combined: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined:
0 g/km) heralds the beginning of a new era in purely electric
mobility, in which drivers will be able to enjoy virtually silent
urban motoring with zero local emissions in signature MINI style. The
MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined:
2.1 – 1.9 l/100 km; electric power consumption combined:
13.9 – 13.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 47 –
43 g/km) now also delivers a significantly more potent hit of electric
driving fun. The latest version of the plug-in hybrid model, making
its debut appearance in Frankfurt, employs the very latest battery
cell technology, enabling it to achieve an electric range of up to
57 kilometres (35 miles).

In addition to the premiere of the new MINI Cooper SE, the British
carmaker is also celebrating its 60th anniversary at the IAA Cars 2019
show, with production since 1959 having reached the 10 million mark.
With this in mind, Frankfurt will also host the special anniversary
model from MINI Plant Oxford – a MINI 3‑door Hatch of the
60 Years Edition, whose exclusive design and equipment features bring
the original’s distinctive sense of style to the premium compact
segment. Visitors to Hall 11 (near the main entrance to the Frankfurt
trade fair arena) on 12 – 22 September 2019 will also be able to
admire the brand’s current model line-up and an array of new additions
to its accessory and lifestyle product ranges.

Power, style and zero local emissions: the new MINI Cooper SE.

The new MINI Cooper SE is the first premium compact car with a purely
electric drive system, delivering a sustainable urban driving
experience that also fires the emotions. It is based on the
conventionally powered MINI 3-door Hatch, whose striking design has
been enriched with some model-specific accents. The 135 kW/184 hp
electric motor driving the front wheels in typical MINI fashion endows
the car with impressive acceleration. The motor’s instant response to
the slightest nudge of the throttle adds a new dimension to the
brand’s fabled go-kart feeling. The new MINI Cooper SE races from 0 to
60 km/h (37 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and takes a mere 7.3 seconds for
the sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest.

The energy required to propel the car with such vivacity is sourced
from a latest-generation lithium-ion battery enabling a range of 235
to 270 kilometres (146 – 168 miles). Bespoke suspension tuning and an
extremely low centre of gravity (resulting from the high-voltage
battery’s positioning in the vehicle floor) imbue the new MINI Cooper
SE with remarkable handling agility and cornering dynamics. The
battery’s location has the additional benefit of ensuring exactly the
same amount of space is available for occupants and luggage as in a
MINI 3-door Hatch with a combustion engine.

The brand’s first ever all-electric model will be built in the UK at
MINI Plant Oxford, with production due to start in November 2019. Its
drive technology has been engineered at the BMW Group’s centres of
excellence for electric mobility in Dingolfing and Landshut. Standard
equipment for the new MINI Cooper SE includes LED headlights, a
digital instrument cluster, an electric parking brake, two-zone
automatic air conditioning, a heating system with heat pump
technology, auxiliary heating and stationary air conditioning
functions, plus Connected Navigation. The new model will also be
offered with numerous driver assistance systems and four equipment
packages at launch, allowing it to be tailored precisely to individual requirements.

Electric range extended by 30 per cent: the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has adopted a pioneering role
within the British premium brand’s current product range by providing
a first taste of motoring with zero local emissions, MINI style. Now,
this already successful premium compact plug-in hybrid is set to
become more appealing still – courtesy of the BMW Group’s latest
battery cell technology, which brings about a substantial increase in
both efficiency and electric range. The battery’s dimensions are
unchanged, yet the latest-generation high-voltage battery fitted in
the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has increased gross energy
capacity from 7.7 to 10.0 kWh, thereby extending the all-rounder’s
electric range by some 30 per cent to a maximum 55 – 57 kilometres
(34 – 35 miles). Positioned under the rear seat unit to save space,
the lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in about five hours
from a standard domestic socket or in around 3h 15 min when plugged
into a wallbox.

The hybrid system aboard the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4
comprises a three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor,
generating combined system output of 165 kW/224 hp. A
hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive system channels power to the front and
rear wheels as required by the situation at hand. The new
MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 powers from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in
6.8 seconds. And the plug-in-hybrid’s efficiency likewise reaps the
benefits of the latest advances in battery cell technology.
The average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the new
MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 have both dropped by around
20 per cent, to 2.1 – 1.9 litres per 100 kilometres and 47 – 43 grams
per kilometre respectively.

Thanks to its substantial electric range and low CO2
emissions, the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 meets the criteria
(depending on the equipment fitted) for reduced company car tax in
Germany, as stipulated by the country’s electric mobility legislation.
This means only half of the gross list price is taken as a basis in
determining the benefit of kind for private use.

The values of fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity
consumption shown were determined according to the test procedure
defined in the European Directive VO (EU) 2007/715 in the version
applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a
vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown
takes account of optional equipment and the different size of wheels
and tyres available on the selected model. These factors can change
during the configuration.

The values of some vehicles are measured according to the new
WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) and
converted to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) for comparison
purposes. The taxes or other duties for these vehicles may be based
on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data which differ from that
shown here.

Further information on official fuel consumption and official
specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars is given in the
‘Handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emissions and power
consumption of new passenger cars’, which can be obtained free of
charge at all sales outlets and from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen,
and at

In case of queries, please contact:

Press and PR

Matthias Bode, Spokesperson MINI

Phone: +49-89-382-61742


Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI

Phone: +49- 89-382-23662


The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the
BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles
and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility
services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production
and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global
sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore
established ecological and social sustainability throughout the
value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear
commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.






MINI Cooper SE: Fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; electric
power consumption combined: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; CO2
emissions combined: 0 g/km.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4: Fuel consumption combined:
2.1 – 1.9 l/100 km; electric power consumption combined:
13.9 – 13.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 47 – 43 g/km.  

Original Press Release

Electrifying power for supreme driving pleasure: market launch of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e.

BMW:Electrifying power for supreme driving pleasure: market launch of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e.

Munich. Efficiency meets supremacy: With the market
launch of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e, the drive portfolio of the Sporty
Activity Vehicle (SAV) is now being expanded to include a plug-hybrid
system. The second generation of the BMW X5 with electrified drive
combines a model-specific in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine featuring
BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology with the very latest BMW eDrive
technology. Consistent progress in the area of plug-hybrid drive has
produced a system output now increased to 290 kW/394 hp, a tangible
enhancement in terms of electrically powered range and a significant
reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 levels as compared to
the predecessor model.

More impressively than ever, the second generation of the plug-in
hybrid model combines the purely electrically powered driving pleasure
of a BMW plug-in hybrid model with the versatility that is typical of
a Sports Activity Vehicle. In doing so, the new
BMW X5 xDrive45e offers optimised qualities in terms of both driving
dynamics and efficiency. With an electrically powered range of 67 to
87 kilometres in the new WLTP test cycle or some 86 to 97 kilometres*
according to the NEDC test cycle, the figure achieved by the
predecessor model has been more than tripled. At the same time, the
combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the new
BMW X5 xDrive45e have been virtually halved. The fuel consumption
figures are now 1.9 to 1.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the WLTP test
cycle or 2.0 to 1.7 litres per 100 kilometres* in the NEDC test cycle,
with the relevant CO2 emissions being reduced to 44 to
27 grams per kilometre (WLTP) or 47 to 39 grams per kilometre* (NEDC).
The combined power consumption of the new BMW X5 xDrive45e is between
28.3 and 23.1 kWh per kilometre (WLTP) or between 23.5 and 21.5 kWh
per 100 kilometres* (NEDC). The top speed when driving on electric
power alone is increased from 120 to 135 km/h.

These improved levels are the result of a completely newly developed
drive technology. It comprises a 3.0-litre and 210 kW/286 hp in-line
6-cylinder engine from the current BMW EfficientDynamics drive family
and the fourth generation of BMW eDrive technology. An electric motor
with an output of 83 kW/113 hp, a lithium-ion battery with a gross
energy content increased to 24.0 kWh and further developed power
electronics for intelligent energy management give the plug-in hybrid
system of the BMW X5 xDrive45e unique performance characteristics as
well as an impressive level of efficiency. Together, the two drive
units generate a system output of 290 kW/394 hp along with a maximum
system torque of 600 Nm. The combustion engine and electric motor
deliver their power to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission of the
latest generation and the intelligent all-wheel drive system
BMW xDrive. In this way, the drive torque is transferred to all four
wheels when driving on electric power alone as well as when using the
combustion engine or indeed both drive units: this ensures sporty
driving pleasure on the road and supreme off-road performance over
loose terrain at all times. The new BMW X5 xDrive 45e takes 5.6
seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h, which is 1.2 seconds
less than the predecessor model. Its top speed is 235 km/h.

Thanks to the high-voltage battery positioned in the underbody area
of the vehicle, the centre of gravity is lower than in conventionally
powered SAV model variants. The luggage compartment volume of the
BMW X5 xDrive45e is only some 150 litres less. When all seats are
used, the storage volume is 500 litres; if the rear backrests are
folded down, a volume of 1 720 litres is available. The volume of the
fuel tank is 69 litres – suitable for long distances.

The new BMW X5 xDrive45e is fitted as standard with a two-axle air
suspension and electronically controlled dampers. The optional
suspension systems available for the plug-in hybrid model include
integral active steering. In addition to a comprehensive selection of
features in the area of intelligent connectivity, new digital services
are also offered that are geared specifically towards electromobility.
In addition, all driver assistance systems developed for the Sports
Activity Vehicle as well as high-quality options to enhance comfort
and luxurious interior ambience are also available for the new
BMW X5 xDrive45e. Its standard trim also includes acoustic pedestrian
protection. When running at low speeds on electric power, a speaker
system emits a distinctive sound generated especially for electrified
BMW models which establishes an acoustic presence without impairing
occupants’ acoustic comfort.

BMW plug-in hybrid models offer an array of benefits in
everyday use.

BMW’s plug-in hybrid drive systems already offer users a host of
additional benefits over traditional solutions:

  • Money-saving: Electric driving in urban areas is cheaper than
    using petrol or diesel if the plug-in hybrid vehicle is charged at
    home or at the workplace at low cost.
  • Interior always at the right temperature, even before you get in:
    auxiliary heating and auxiliary air conditioning are fitted as standard.
  • Braking is winning: The battery is charged under braking. In
    conventional vehicles, braking generates only heat and brake dust.
  • The best of both worlds: Plug-in hybrids provide electric driving
    pleasure in urban areas and classical BMW driving pleasure over
    longer distances.
  • Smoothing the way into the future: Because a plug-in hybrid can
    run emission-free, it is eligible to enter many low-emission zones,
    enjoys extra parking privileges and saves on toll charges.
  • Better quality of life in cities: By driving on electric power,
    users can actively contribute to reducing emissions and traffic
    noise in cities.

New BMW X5 xDrive45e has a smaller overall CO2 footprint.

The “real” environmental impact of plug-in hybrid vehicles has been
questioned on occasion, especially in markets where the proportion of
green energy used by the public energy grid remains small. The BMW
Group conducted a full-cycle CO2 certification for the new
BMW X5 xDrive45e – from raw material procurement, the supply chain,
production and the use phase, all the way to recycling.

This revealed the CO2 footprint of the new BMW X5
xDrive45e to be 40 per cent smaller than that of the new BMW X5
xDrive40i when running on average European power in the use phase.
When charging the car with green energy, its CO2 footprint
is reduced by as much as 70 per cent.

BMW X5 xDrive45e fuel consumption combined: 2.0 – 1.7
l/100 km; combined power consumption: 23.5 – 21.5 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 47 – 39 g/km

Original Press Release

11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art presents first program from September 7 to November 9, 2019, with press view the day before. BMW again Corporate Partner of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.

BMW:11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art presents first program from September 7 to November 9, 2019, with press view the day before. BMW again Corporate Partner of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.

Berlin. From September 7 to November 9, the Berlin
Biennale for Contemporary Art invites to a first program “exp. 1: The
Bones of the World” with over twenty-five contributions and diverse
formats. On the occasion of the exhibition opening, a press view takes
place the previous day, on September 6 at 11.00 am. The 11th Berlin
Biennale brings together the most influential current positions of
artists, theorists, and practitioners in Berlin – with BMW as
corporate partner.

The ground floor of the corner tower at the architectural
complex ExRotaprint in the neighborhood of Wedding in Berlin will open
its doors as a temporary home for the 11th Berlin Biennale for
Contemporary Art with “exp. 1: The Bones of the World”. A first
program with over twenty-five contributions and diverse formats takes
place from September 7 to November 9, 2019, unfolding until the
opening of the 11th Berlin Biennale in June 2020. The 11th Berlin
Biennale takes place from June 13 to September 13, 2020, at various
venues in Berlin.

“How do each of us bare ourselves to the world? ‘The Bones of
the World’ is an attempt to hold on to the complicated beauty of life
when the fire has erupted. Not an obsession with the ruins, but an
attempt to be attentive to what is made with the rubble. A way of
working with and remaining beside that which moves us now. As an
exhibition it is a setting, an exercise in mutual exposure, a place to
listen to the stories that shape us – stories we have shared with one
another, and stories that have not yet been told. It is a space open
to the diverse experiences that we bring with us, but also to those
occurring around us, outside our comfort zones, at this very moment.

‘Os Ossos do Mundo’ [The Bones of the World] is also the title
of a travelog written by the Brazilian artist Flávio de Carvalho (1899
-1973) during his time in Europe in the mid-1930s. Today it reads as a
kind of reverse ethnography of the Old World. For us, ‘The Bones of
the World’ is a point of departure, an initial motion, aware of the
rawness of time and its broken promises. At the same time, it is a
joyous acknowledgement of life occurring amidst, against, and despite
the general states of brokenness all around us. From here, we move.”
(María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio).

The curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale envision the
forthcoming edition as a series of lived experiences that evolve as a
process. It begins with three sequential moments, “exp. 1”, “exp. 2”,
and “exp. 3”, unfolding from September 2019 to May 2020, which attempt
to learn from and build sustainable relations, not only with
participating artists and projects, but as importantly with the city
and people of Berlin. The starting point is the immediate surroundings
of the ExRotaprint complex in the neighborhood of Wedding. Nothing is
complete; things are expected to move and be transformed. In June
2020, the 11th Berlin Biennale will bring forth these experiences in
different venues throughout the city.

With works and contributions by Marwa Arsanios, Felix
Brüggemann, Flávio de Carvalho, Léo Corrêa, Die Remise (Ali Akyol,
Jacqueline Aslan, Stefan Bast, Muriel Biedrzycki, Julia, Brunner,
Fatma Cakmak, Stefan Endewardt, Tobi Euler, Melina Gerstemann, Ayşe
Güleç, Juanita Kellner, Angelika Levi, Carmen Mörsch, Shanti Suki
Osman, Ayse Preissing, Markus Schega, Miriam Schickler, Aylin Turgay,
and pupils from the Nürtingen and Heinrich-Zille elementary schools,
with Çiçek Bacık, Aïcha Diallo, Kotti-Shop, Annika Niemann), Feminist
Health Care Research Group (Inga Zimprich/Julia Bonn), Andrés
Fernández, Florian Gass, Till Gathmann, Mauricio Gatti, Eiko Grimberg,
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Âlut Kangermio, Mapa Teatro, Virginia de
Medeiros, Marcelo Moreschi, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende,
Mirja Reuter, Teatro da Vertigem, Teo, Cecilia Vicuña, Osías Yanov,
and more.

The 11th Berlin Biennale space at ExRotaprint – a tenant-run
project initiated by artists, bringing together work, art, and
community – serves as a space for these diverse experiences to unfold,
each including exhibitions, long-term artist projects and workshops,
activations of artistic and pedagogical archives, performances, talks,
poetry readings, artistic residencies, and other on-site interventions.

The visual identity of the 11th Berlin Biennale is being
developed by Till Gathmann.

Besides the Berlin Biennale, the list of long-term commitments
to the arts in Germany’s capital city includes the Gallery Weekend and
the Preis der Nationalgalerie, which will be announced on September
12, 2019. Beyond the extensive commitment to the arts, BMW cooperates
with the opera house Staatsoper Unter den Linden and invites to the
long-standing open-air format “State Opera for All” at Bebelplatz. In
addition, and with BWM OPERA NEXT, they make use of the opportunities
of digitalization to open fresh perspectives and new ways accessing
the world of opera for young audiences.

Information about the press view on September 6, 2019 at 11.00
On September 6, 2019, the 11th Berlin Biennale begins
sharing its process with a press view in its temporary space at the
ExRotaprint complex in Berlin-Wedding. After a short introduction at
11 am, the curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale will be available for
questions and conversations until 1 pm. The introduction will be in English.

RSVP: Please register to the press view at

More information and a selection of images are available upon request.

The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is funded by the
Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) and
organized by KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V.

Press view
Friday, September 6,
2019 from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm

“exp. 1: The Bones of the World”
September 7 until November
9, 2019
Housewarming: Friday, September 6, 2019, from 5.00 pm –
9.00 pm

11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint
13357 Berlin

Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday, 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Free admisssion

For further questions please contact:
Prof Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382
247 53


Isabell Ertl
Head of Communications
Berlin Biennale
für zeitgenössische Kunst
Telephone: +49 30 24 34 59 42

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
For almost
50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100
cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of
its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical
music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three
large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art
Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London, the company also partnerswith leading museums and art fairs as
well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The BMW Group
takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural activities – as
this initiative is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic
work as it is for major innovations in a successful business.

Further information:

The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI,
Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading
premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides
premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production
network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15
countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles
and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.


Original Press Release

Welcome to M Town: BMW Welt opens a new permanent exhibition space.

BMW:Welcome to M Town: BMW Welt opens a new permanent exhibition space.

  • When dreams become reality: BMW Welt, in cooperation with
    BMW M GmbH, now brings the M Town virtual world to Munich.
  • Experience the BMW M brand in new splendour.
  • Selfie spot for unforgettable memories from M Town.
  • The vehicles on exhibit are changed regularly to highlight
    the dynamics and diversity of BMW M.

Munich. From 28 August 2019 visitors and automobile
enthusiasts can experience a new permanent exhibition space at BMW
Welt. Now it’s official: “Welcome to M Town!”, the new home of the BMW
M brand. The innovative design concept is based on the marketing
campaign with the same name. M Town, the digital and social
communication platform, is the virtual dream city and home to all
motorsports enthusiasts and fans of the BMW Group brand specialising
in high-performance sports cars. The dynamic rhythm of M Town pulsates
wherever you find passion for high-performance automobiles. Now you
can also feel it at BMW Welt. The new space creates an extraordinary
experience for visitors thanks to the unique combination of
sophisticated design and state-of-the-art technology. “BMW Welt is
more than just a home for individual BMW Group vehicles. We want to
keep thrilling our fans and visitors with innovative and architectural
highlights. The new BMW exhibition space now turns M Town into
reality”, says Helmut Käs, Director of BMW Welt.

The new home for the most powerful letter in the world.

The new BMW M exhibition space is dedicated entirely to the most
powerful letter in the world. Automobile fans with a passion for
motorsports and design can discover the M Town way of life in a
virtual town showcased with spectacular videos on Here
everything focuses on the high-performance sports cars by BMW M GmbH
and fascinating everyday driving experiences. An illuminated graphic
display of M Town, which disappears into the distance perspectively on
a large LED Screen, points the way to the virtual dream city. The
elegant ceiling illumination made up of shining black and dynamically
shaped jets, reflects the dynamic character of the vehicles on
display. At the “Selfie Point” visitors can share their experience on
social media and record their impressions under the motto “I finally
found M Town at BMW Welt”. “M Town now also
finds a very special home at BMW Welt. The newly designed exhibition
space invites every car enthusiast to become a citizen of M Town for a
short time”, says Markus Flasch, Director of BMW M GmbH.

The new exhibition space opens with the
BMW X3 M Competition (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/ 100km; CO2
emissions combined: 239 g/km) in Donington Grey metallic and the BMW
X4 M Competition (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/ 100km; CO2
emissions combined: 239 g/km) in Toronto Red metallic, which both
combine the spirit of adventure with the exclusive high-performance
claim of BMW M. Both cars are accompanied by the BMW M4 Convertible
(fuel consumption combined: 10.2 l (9.5 l)/ 100km; CO2 emissions
combined: 232 g (217 g)/km) in Individual Frozen Dark Blue II metallic
and the BMW M5 Competition (fuel consumption combined: 10.6-10.5 l/
100km; CO2 emissions combined: 241-238 g/km) in in Snapper Rocks Blue metallic.

The data at a glance:

“M Town” exhibition space:

When:              From 28 August 2019

Where:             BMW Welt

Admission:     free of charge

The figures in brackets refer to the
vehicle with seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power
consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods
stipulated in the current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715.

The figures are calculated using a vehicle fitted with basic
equipment in Germany, the ranges stated take into account
differences in selected wheel and tyre sizes as well as the
optional equipment. They may change during configuration. The
figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. In
these vehicles, different figures than those published here
may apply for the assessment of taxes and other
vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2 emissions.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures
and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer
to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and
power consumption of new cars”, available free of charge
at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen
and at

BMW X3 M Competition (fuel consumption combined: 10.5
l/ 100km; CO2 emissions combined: 239 g/km)

BMW X4 M Competition (fuel consumption combined: 10.5
l/ 100km; CO2 emissions combined: 239 g/km)

BMW M4 Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.2 l
(9.5 l)/ 100km; CO2 emissions combined: 232 g (217 g)/km)

BMW M5 Competition (fuel consumption combined:
10.6-10.5 l/ 100km; CO2 emissions combined: 241-238 g/km)

Original Press Release

BMW PGA Championship: FedExCup winner Rory McIlroy heads the best field in the history of the tournament.

BMW:BMW PGA Championship: FedExCup winner Rory McIlroy heads the best field in the history of the tournament.

  • New date (19th to 22nd September 2019, Wentworth Club) and a
    host of top stars: The BMW PGA Championship is this Autumn’s
    golfing highlight.
  • FedExCup champion McIlroy (NIR), Open winner Lowry (IRL),
    defending champion Molinari (ITA), and Ryder Cup winners Rose,
    Fleetwood, Casey, Poulter, Hatton (all ENG), Stenson, Noren (both
    SWE) and Jon Rahm (ESP) all set to tee off.
  • American trio of Finau, Horschel and Reed to play fourth
    event of the Rolex Series for the first time.
  • Qualification for the Ryder Cup 2020, with “Worldwide
    Partner” BMW, gets underway.


Munich/London. Now that the PGA TOUR season has concluded, the
European Tour now enters the critical phase of its season. Now with
a new date in September, the BMW PGA Championship, which features an
outstanding field and is played on the outskirts of London, is a
highlight on the international golf calendar. For the European
players, qualification for the Ryder Cup 2020 at Whistling Straits
(US state of Wisconsin) gets underway in front of the knowledgeable
and enthusiastic crowds at the Wentworth Club. Next year’s BMW PGA
Championship will also mark the end of qualification, after which
nine of the players who will represent Team Europe in the first
Ryder Cup with BMW on board as “Worldwide Partner” will be known.

Last weekend, Rory McIlroy won the FedExCup for the second time,
having previously triumphed in 2016 – an achievement only ever matched
by Tiger Woods (2007 and 2009). The four-time major winner also has
his sights set on a double at the BMW PGA Championship. The
30-year-old won the European Tour’s flagship event five years ago, and
also finished runner-up behind Francesco Molinari last year.

Rory McIlroy:

“The BMW PGA Championship is always a great event and I’m
looking forward to playing in it again, particularly in its new
September date. The West Course should be in superb condition and the
change in date should also mean an even stronger field.”

McIlroy is certainly right there. The previous date, in May, demanded
a mild spring in order for the challenging West Course to be at its
best. In contrast, course conditions are ideal in autumn. And the list
of players set to tee off at Wentworth is littered with big names.
They include Shane Lowry, who joined the elite circle of major winners
this July, when he won the Claret Jug at the Open in Royal Portrush.

Shane Lowry:

“The BMW PGA Championship is one of my favourite events. When I first
played at Wentworth in 2010, I remember I couldn’t believe how big it
was – it felt like playing a major.”

Defending champion Molinari was the driving force behind the European
team’s Ryder Cup victory in Paris last September. He won five out of a
possible five points, with four of those coming alongside Tommy
Fleetwood in the doubles. Golf fans at Wentworth can look forward to a
reunion of the dream pairing, affectionately nicknamed “Moliwood”: The
two friends will be joined at this prestigious tournament by fellow
Ryder Cup winners Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey (BMW PGA
Champion 2009), Alex Noren (BMW PGA Champion 2017), Tyrrell Hatton,
Jon Rahm and Henrik Stenson.

It is quite possible that Stenson and Co. will come up against three
players at the Ryder Cup 2020, who will be making their first BMW PGA
Championship debut this year: Americans Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and
Billy Horschel.

Tony Finau:
“I’ve heard a lot of amazing things
about the BMW PGA Championship and about Wentworth, so playing in the
tournament for the first time is exciting for me. It looks like the
field is going to be very strong and the crowds are always fun in
Britain, so it should be a great week.“ 

The BMW PGA Championship week kicks off on Wednesday with the
traditional Celebrity Pro-Am, which features many stars from the
worlds of sport and showbusiness. Among those teeing off will be pop
star Niall Horan (IRL, formerly in One Direction), actor and model
Andrés Velencoso (ESP), and Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs
(WAL), Paul Scholes (ENG) and Nemanja Vidic (SRB).

As well as world class golf, the BMW PGA Championship is also known
for outstanding entertainment. Famous London-based electronic band,
Rudimental, will perform on the Saturday evening, while popular
English singer Anne-Marie will take to the stage after play on the Sunday.

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New BMW X6 as a spectacular show car: world’s first vehicle in Vantablack®.

BMW:New BMW X6 as a spectacular show car: world’s first vehicle in Vantablack®.

Munich. This September, the Frankfurt Motor Show will
provide the backdrop for the world premiere of the third-generation
BMW X6 (fuel consumption combined: 10.7–6.1 l/100 km; CO2
emissions combined: 243–159 g/km)*, the car that established the
Sports Activity Coupé segment a good ten years ago. At the event, BMW
will also present a spectacular one-off vehicle with a
Vantablack® VBx2 nanostructure paint finish that highlights
the expressive design language and confident, dominant and muscular
appearance of the new BMW X6 to perfection. This exclusive show car is
the result of a collaboration between BMW and Surrey NanoSystems, the
inventors of the Vantablack technology.

The BMW X6 is the first and only vehicle in the world to feature a
Vantablack VBx2 paint finish. “We turned down numerous requests from
various automobile manufacturers in the past,” explains Ben Jensen,
founder and Chief Technical Officer of Surrey NanoSystems. “It took
the BMW X6 and its unique, expressive design for us to entertain the
idea.” With design highlights like the optional Iconic Glow kidney
grille, distinctive twin headlights and striking taillights, the new
BMW X6 provides fascinating contrasts to offset the Vantablack VBx2
paint finish, which changes the viewer’s visual perception of an
object’s three-dimensional shape.

The human eye perceives Vantablack as two-dimensional.

A surface coated in Vantablack loses its defining features to
the human eye, with objects appearing two-dimensional. This can be
interpreted by the brain as staring into a hole or even a void, making
Vantablack a rather unsuitable vehicle paint finish, as it blots out
virtually all the design details and highlights. For this reason, the
BMW X6 was coated in the VBx2 variant initially developed for use in
architectural and scientific applications. This coating can be sprayed
on and has a one-per-cent total hemispherical reflectance (THR),
meaning it is still considered “super black” while enabling a small
amount of reflection from every angle. Thus, materials painted with it
seem to lose their three-dimensional appearance – as demonstrated
impressively on the BMW X6.

Vantablack: the “blackest black”, developed for aerospace applications.

The name Vantablack has already become synonymous with an entire
range of extremely black coatings and paints such as VBx2. It contains
an acronym of the technology enabling this superior black in its first
two syllables, which stand for Vertically
Aligned Nano Tube
Array, a matrix made out of carbon. Each of these
carbon nanotubes has a length of 14 to 50 micrometres, with a diameter
of 20 nanometres, making it around 5,000 times thinner than a human
hair. As a result, around a billion of these vertically aligned carbon
nanotubes fit into one square centimetre. Any light striking this
surface is almost completely absorbed rather than reflected, and
effectively converted into heat.

This technology was initially developed for coating space-borne
components. As Vantablack can be applied at temperatures from as low
as 430 degrees Celsius, it is suitable for delicate materials such as
aluminium, and optical components coated in Vantablack enable
observation of faint stars and distant galaxies that stray light from
the sun makes difficult to detect. The first generation of Vantablack
introduced by Surrey NanoSystems in 2014 absorbed up to 99.965 per
cent of light, almost completely eliminating reflectance and stray light.

An interview with Ben Jensen, Vantablack inventor and founder
of Surrey NanoSystems.

What was your first thought when you were approached with the
idea of providing the BMW X6 with a Vantablack paint finish?

Ben Jensen: To be honest, we received inquiries from
most of the big-name automotive manufacturers, almost from the day we
launched the original material in 2014, but we’d always said no. This
was also due to the fact that we only had a suitable material once we
came up with VBx2. When we were approached by BMW, we were still quite
hesitant to begin with. But the new X6 looked so incredibly different
that it just felt like a really good fit.

Have your expectations been met?

Jensen: I think it went beyond all our expectations.
The BMW X6 in Vantablack looks absolutely fantastic. We also realised
that it wouldn’t have worked if we’d put on the original material, as
the viewer would have lost all sense of three-dimensionality. VBx2
with its one-per-cent reflectance provides just enough of a hint of
shape. Add to that the contrast between the matt black surface and
details such as the Iconic Glow kidney grille, the headlights and the
windows – everything is just set off beautifully.

Hypothetically speaking, could you imagine Vantablack VBx2
becoming a regular paint finish option for people buying a car in
the future?

Jensen: I think it worked really well on the BMW X6,
because of the size of the car, its distinctive shape, and how
imposing it is. But putting a paint like that on a conventional car
lacking a distinctive design would probably detract from it in some
way. In addition, developing a Vantablack VBx2 car paint durable
enough for daily use is a huge technological challenge.

However, Vantablack already has an important role in advanced
automotive technology …

Jensen: Indeed, the material is now being used more
and more in various types of, laser-based sensor equipment for driver
assistance systems and technologies for autonomous driving, for
instance. That is because incident sunlight can cause a degradation of
performance in these systems as well. A Vantablack coating eliminates
these issues and results in increased safety.

An interview with Hussein Al Attar, Creative Director
Automotive Design at Designworks and the designer responsible for
the new BMW X6.

What does it mean to you that “your” BMW X6 is the first car
in the world to have been chosen for such a project by the makers of Vantablack?

Al Attar: I first heard about Vantablack a few years
ago – and I’ve been absolutely fascinated with the technology ever
since. So, for me personally, this is a big deal. When my colleagues
told me about a possible collaboration some months ago, I was very excited.

What makes the BMW X6 the perfect car for this project?

Al Attar: Internally, we often refer to the BMW X6 as
“The Beast.” I think that says it all. The Vantablack VBx2 finish
emphasises this aspect and makes the BMW X6 look particularly
menacing. Moreover, the BMW X6 has always been the most provocative
and in-your-face model in our portfolio. So why not emphasise this
even further, with a finish that simply captivates the viewer’s
attention? After all, that’s what the BMW X6 has always been about.

But a Vantablack finish makes objects appear two-dimensional.
Doesn’t that render it supremely unsuitable as a car paint,
especially for a car with a design as expressive as the BMW X6?

Al Attar: Yes, there is a certain inherent
contradiction. But that’s exactly what makes this interesting and
explains why the BMW X6 is the perfect car for this project. In
addition, Vantablack VBx2 opens up new possibilities for us as
designers. We often prefer to talk about silhouettes and proportions
rather than surfaces and lines. The Vantablack VBx2 coating
foregrounds these fundamental aspects of automotive design, without
any distraction from light and reflections. I am very proud of how
beautiful the new BMW X6 has turned out, including its bold and
expressive surfaces. But the most remarkable evolution over the
predecessor concerns its proportions. And that is precisely what
Vantablack underscores, albeit in a rather unexpected fashion.

Hypothetically speaking, could you imagine Vantablack VBx2
becoming a regular paint finish option for people buying a car in
the future?

Al Attar: Absolutely. BMW X6 drivers are among our
most extrovert and free-spirited customers. If anyone were to opt for
a Vantablack paint option, it would definitely be a BMW X6 driver.

Third-generation BMW X6 to start in November 2019.

The latest incarnation of the car that established the
innovative and distinctive Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) segment will
have its world premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, from 12 to
22 September. The showroom launch will begin shortly afterwards, in
November 2019. The third-generation BMW X6 employs a precise and
exclusive design language to underscore its confident, dominant
appearance. In addition, its advanced powertrain and chassis
technology combines with numerous innovations to provide a uniquely
sporty yet luxurious driving experience. Like its predecessors, the
new BMW X6 is produced at the BMW plant in Spartanburg in the United States.

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Happy Birthday: BMW M Motorsport congratulates Gerhard Berger on his 60th birthday.

BMW:Happy Birthday: BMW M Motorsport congratulates Gerhard Berger on his 60th birthday.

Munich. BMW M Motorsport and the BMW DTM family send their
best wishes on a notable birthday: DTM boss Gerhard Berger (AUT)
turns 60 today. Since the start of his long career, the former
Formula 1 driver and present ITR chairman has always enjoyed a close
relationship with BMW.


Berger contested his first Formula 1 race at the Österreichring (AUT)
in 1984 – in an ATS-BMW. With Schnitzer Motorsport he enjoyed success
in the European Touring Car Championship, and celebrated victory at
the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) with Roberto Ravaglia (ITA)
and Marc Surer (SUI) in the BMW 635 CSi in 1985. That year also saw
the Austrian drive his first full Formula 1 season in the Arrows with
a BMW turbo engine. Berger’s first victory in Formula 1 followed in
1986, winning the Mexico Grand Prix in the BMW turbo-driven Benetton.

After he ended his Formula 1 career in 1997, Berger started a new
chapter with BMW and became BMW Motorsport Director in 1998. He held
that role until 2003. Together with the dual leadership with BMW
Motorsport Director Dr. Mario Theissen, he prepared BMW’s return to
Formula 1. It was in that era that BMW also celebrated the overall win
for the BMW V12 LMR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) in 1999. As ITR
chairman, Berger has been directing the DTM’s destiny since 2017.

Best wishes on Gerhard Berger’s 60th birthday.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):
“Congratulations Gerhard on your sixtieth, on behalf of the
entire BMW Motorsport family! Gerhard Berger and BMW have a shared,
successful past. It started in the 1980s, when Gerhard celebrated his
first successes in racing and embarked on his impressive Formula 1
career with BMW turbo power. He went on to become BMW Motorsport
Director, which makes him one of my predecessors. His tenure included
the unforgettable Le Mans victory of 1999. We are delighted to be able
to continue working with Gerhard in the DTM. He has made the DTM
international within a very short time, by bringing Aston Martin to
the series as a manufacturer and drawing up a calendar with half of
the races in other European countries. And with his input into the
regulations, Gerhard has ensured spectacular races and spectator
proximity. He really is a fantastic person, and not just as a racing
driver, but in everything that he takes on. I wish Gerhard health and
fitness on his 60th birthday – that is the most important
thing. That he maintains his drive, continues to challenge us in terms
of a better DTM and stays who he is – a great guy…”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM): “I was 16
years old when Gerhard won the 24-hour race of Spa-Francorchamps with
Charly Lamm’s team. It was after the Juma Racing era, my father’s
team, which celebrated a lot of success in this race at that time. I
also still remember the BMW 635 CSi really well, with which we won at
Spa in 1983. We were always embroiled in a ‘duel’ with Schnitzer, and
Gerhard competed for the team in 1984, alongside Roberto Ravaglia and
Manfred Winkelhock. I still remember that Gerhard was incredibly fast
in the winning year of 1985. It’s not a surprise given that he
confirmed his skills later on by making it to the top of Formula 1,
where he drove for teams like Ferrari and McLaren. I have a lot of
respect for his career as a racing driver, and for everything else he
has achieved, for what he represents as a person. After his active
career, he enjoyed success not only in various roles in motorsport,
but also as an entrepreneur. Then he joined the DTM, at a time not
easy for the series, and set the course for a successful future. A
very happy birthday to you Gerhard Berger!”


Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG):
“Firstly, congratulations on your special birthday. As a
former fan, I naturally have huge respect for Gerhard. I have known
him since he started out as a racing driver and am very impressed with
what he has done for the DTM so far. It’s a lot of fun with him, and
you can tell that he really is a full-blooded racer. And that is
exactly the type of person we need in the DTM.”

Marco Wittmann: “I’d like to wish Gerhard all the
best on his special birthday. I first got to know him personally
through the DTM, but of course I know everything that he did and
achieved before that. He has definitely brought a breath of fresh air
to the DTM, implemented a lot of innovations, like the turbo engines
and Aston Martin joining the series. But he has also done a lot for
the fans, for example, the Fan Area or the Fan Base in the paddock. A
lot has happened. The series is being made more international.
Overall, he has invested a great deal of time and effort. I hope that
he stays with us in the DTM for a long time and continues to move it forward.”

Philipp Eng: “Gerhard is an absolute legend in
Austria, and not just from a sporting perspective. Anyone who thinks
of Austria automatically thinks of Gerhard Berger and Niki Lauda. He
has achieved an incredible amount in his life so far, and I feel that
he is the right man to steer the big ship that is the DTM. All the
changes to the regulations that he initiated, such as no tyre
blankets, radio ban or Indy restart have borne fruit. I am happy that
I know him, because he is a really laid back guy, a real Austrian. I
wish Gerhard Berger all the best on his birthday, particularly health
and a long life in which he celebrates many more notable birthdays. I
would also like to wish him success in everything that he does. He is
involved in a really wide range of activities, not only in the DTM. I
wish him all the best with these.”

Bruno Spengler: “Gerhard Berger is a very special
person for whom I have a great deal of respect. As a child I always
watched him on TV with my dad when he was in Formula 1. The fact that
he is now the DTM boss makes us drivers really happy and we are very
proud of that. He has made a difference in the DTM, triggered a lot of
new things, new regulations, new cars. He is very dynamic and is a
wonderful fit for the DTM. We are all really pleased that he is
involved. Gerhard, I wish you a very happy birthday from the bottom of
my heart.”

Timo Glock: “I wish Gerhard Berger all the best on
his birthday, good health and continued creativity, which he has.
Gerhard is a person to whom you have always looked up  – whether as a
Formula 1 driver, team principal or now as the DTM boss. He is an
absolutely fantastic person, and I am pleased that he has taken the
reins of the DTM. The direction in which he has taken the series is
very positive, particularly as far as the regulations are concerned. I
think that the sport has become significantly better in recent years.
I hope that Gerhard continues to have lots of great ideas and keeps on
steering the DTM in the right direction.”

Sheldon van der Linde: “All the best to the boss of
the DTM, Gerhard Berger, on his 60th birthday. I think that he is the
right man for this job, and all I can say is that I am very proud to
be able to drive in a series in which Gerhard Berger has so much
involvement. He is a real legend and has already done an incredible
amount to keep driving the series forward. I am excited to see how
things progress.”

Joel Eriksson: “I would like to wish Gerhard Berger
all the best on his special birthday. What he has done for the DTM and
the championship is incredible. He does a tremendous amount to
establish the DTM as one of the most successful race series in the
world. I am very happy and incredibly proud to be part of this family.
On that note: a very happy birthday.”

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Brightly coloured and full of driving pleasure: the launch campaign for the new BMW 1 Series.

BMW:Brightly coloured and full of driving pleasure: the launch campaign for the new BMW 1 Series.

Munich. With fresh aesthetic appeal, captivating
dynamism and a wealth of fascinating details, the campaign for the
worldwide market launch of the premium compact model very much
reflects the character of the new BMW 1 Series itself. The elaborately
produced short films show the new BMW 1 Series as the most exciting
vehicle in its class, offering exceptional opportunities to experience
hallmark brand driving pleasure. Viewers see the sporty 5-door model
showcased in entertaining style with modern imagery and vivid colours,
featuring not just rapid pan shots and fast cutting but also several
comical elements. The co-star of the films – alongside the new BMW 1
Series – is a rooster who performs spectacular tricks on a skateboard.

With its modern design style, suspension technology enabling maximum
agility and innovative connectivity features such as the BMW
Intelligent Personal Assistant, the new BMW 1 Series offers a
progressive form of driving pleasures geared specifically towards
young target groups. This character is also reflected in the launch
campaign. “With the launch of the BMW 1 Series and the campaign
created for this purpose, we’re not just demonstrating that the third
edition of this model leads the compact class in terms of driving
dynamics, we’re also making a clear statement about design and
lifestyle”, says Michael Sommer, Head of Brand Communication BMW.

The campaign films were shot in Cape Town, South Africa and directed
by Specter Berlin, an established name in the hip-hop scene as
co-founder of the Aggro Berlin label. He has also made a name for
himself with music videos for Marteria and other hip-hop artists. The
most recent production of his to attract attention was a video for the
band Rammstein. In addition, Specter Berlin has been successfully
involved in marketing campaigns for many years. It is his blending of
the classic elements of product communication with a modern video-clip
aesthetic that gives the campaign films for the BMW 1 Series their
distinctive appeal.

In addition to a 30-second TV commercial, several 15-second cut-downs
and other formats were also produced for use on social media channels.
All communication instruments reflect the vivid, colourful character
of the campaign. Thanks to the sheer power of the images, the
communication does entirely without any additional product claim. The
new BMW 1 Series is presented solely with its model name as “THE 1”.

Original Press Release

Uncompromising protection and superiority: The new BMW X5 Protection VR6.

BMW:Uncompromising protection and superiority: The new BMW X5 Protection VR6.

Munich. With the latest generation of the security
vehicle built on the basis of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) for the
luxury class segment, the premium carmaker BMW now meets the increased
need for individual protection and superiority in any situation. The
new BMW X5 Protection VR6 (combined fuel consumption: 13.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 298 g/km*) offers private
individuals and persons at risk customised protection against violent
attacks, kidnapping or organised crime. This is often a decisive
criterion, especially in regions like South America, Africa or Russia.

The integration of series components and additional safety-related
equipment of the BMW X5 Protection VR6 into the vehicle architecture
was already taken account of during development. Production is carried
out according to the stringent production standards defined by the BMW
Group. Thus the BMW X5 Protection VR6 combines a standard range of
integrated protective equipment with the driving dynamics, comfort and
advanced technology of the BMW X5. This is complemented by the equally
supreme and discreet appearance of the new security vehicle, which is
almost identical to the production model in terms of driving
characteristics, high-grade interior and design.

The new BMW X5 Protection VR6 fulfils the requirements of resistance
class VR6 in accordance with the internationally recognised official
test criteria of the VPAM (Prüfstellen für Angriffshemmende
Materialien und Konstruktionen; Associations of Testing Institutes for
Attack Resistant Materials and Constructions). The official
certification was carried out according to the Guidelines for Bullet
Resistant Vehicles (BRV 2009), Explosive Resistant Vehicles (ERV 2010)
and PAS 300, which define the bullet and explosive force resistance of
security vehicles.

Maximum protection thanks to a holistic safety concept.

The integration of the protective equipment rendering the new BMW X5
a security vehicle of the resistance class VR6 was already taken into
account during the development of the SAV. In this way, it was
possible to implement a holistic safety concept comprising all areas
of passive and active passenger protection. The moulded armour-plating
components and the security glazing were developed exclusively for
each model. They blend in harmoniously with the overall vehicle
concept in terms of function and design. Therefore, both outside and
inside, the new BMW X5 Protection VR6 is barely distinguishable from a
conventional production vehicle. The anonymity resulting from this
constitutes an additional safety aspect.

In contrast to retro-fitted armouring, there are also decisive
advantages with respect to the effectiveness of the protective
equipment and handling characteristics. The holistic safety concept of
the new BMW X5 Protection VR6 makes it possible to already identify
during the development stage potential weaknesses such as body joints
and transitions between metal and glazing and to integrate effective
protective measures. Certification includes the complete vehicle and
not just the materials used. This is the only way to make a realistic
assessment of the effectiveness of the model-specific protective cell.
Likewise, the suspension and brakes on the new BMW X5 Protection VR6
are aligned to the increased weight vs. the production vehicle in
order to ensure hallmark BMW agility also in critical driving situations.

Protected space: armoured passenger compartment and security glazing. 

The interior of the new BMW X5 Protection VR6 offers passengers an
extremely high level of protection against attacks with firearms
and/or explosive devices. The key element of the protective equipment
is the armoured passenger compartment of the SAV. Moulded components
made from high-strength steel adapt perfectly to the contour of the
body within the area of the doors, side frame, roof and front wall.
Furthermore, an aluminium underbody splinter shield, the likewise
armoured luggage compartment partition and security glazing are all
standard and contribute towards a comprehensive protection of the
interior. Multilayered safety glass with a thickness of approx. 33 mm
for the windscreen, doors and luggage compartment partition wall also
withstands attacks by impact weapons and is fitted with an internal
polycarbonate layer as additional splinter protection.  Moreover,
penetration by bullets or fragments is prevented by tightly sealed
protection and overlapping amour-plating, e.g. within the sensitive
areas of door gaps and bodywork joints as well as the transitions
between body panels and glazing.

The combination of amour-plated bodywork and security glazing
facilitates effective protection against attacks by handguns and long
firearms using ammunition up to a calibre of 7.62 × 39 FeC or 7.62 ×
39 SC respectively, as used in weapons of the type AK-47, a most
commonly used weapon in the world. Furthermore, the armoured passenger
compartment withstands lateral blasts of up to 15 kilograms of TNT
from a distance of four metres. Innovative so-called Post Blast
Protective Technology for the security glazing ensures particularly
effective protection against secondary attacks. Even following a
blast, all windows remain firmly in position, thus eliminating any
formation of gaps between glazing and body.

The armour-plated floor offers protection against hand grenades of
the type DM51. Enhanced underbody reinforcement comprising fibre
composite materials, which also withstands attack by hand grenades of
the type HG85, is optionally available. A particularly extensively
armoured roof is available as a further special option. The additional
reinforcement comprising security steel and fibre composite materials
offers certified protection against drone attacks with explosive
charges of the category DTG5, which, inter alia, includes up to 200
grams of C4 and over 500 fragments.

A further model-specific, integral component of the standard
equipment for the new BMW X5 Protection VR6 is the self-sealing fuel
tank. A special sheathing ensures that the tank closes automatically
following an attack in order to prevent fuel spillage. Standard
runflat tyres with reinforced sidewalls allow the driver to continue
the journey even after a complete loss of tyre pressure. Optional
model-specific post crash functions also serve to retain mobility in
extreme situations. They ensure that the engine of the new
BMW X5 Protection VR6 is not switched off after a collision and that
the energy supply is not interrupted.

Superior engines, model-specific suspension.

Not only in terms of design is the new BMW X5 Protection VR6 almost
indistinguishable from the corresponding production model. A high
degree of agility on the road and impressive off-road performance
provides perfect conditions for safely mastering any situation. The
necessary power comes from an extremely efficient V8 petrol engine
featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The technology package
comprises two turbo chargers located within the V space between the
cylinder banks, one operating at an increased maximum pressure of 350
bar and the latest versions of the fully variable valve control system
VALVETRONIC as well as variable twin VANOS camshaft control.

Spontaneous response and superior power development characterise the
new eight-cylinder in the engine portfolio for the BMW X5. From a
4.4-litre displacement it mobilises a maximum power output of
390 kW/530 hp within a speed range of between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm. The
power unit delivers a maximum torque of 750 Nm at 1,800 rpm, which
remains available up to 4,600 rpm. Therefore, the new BMW X5
Protection VR6 is by far the most powerful vehicle within the
competitive environment. The supreme pulling power of its V8 engine
facilitates acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds. Top
speed of the new BMW X5 Protection VR6 is electronically limited to 210 km/h.

Design and tuning of the suspension for the new BMW X5 Protection VR6
are both oriented towards the outstanding engine performance and the
model-specific weight of the security vehicle. The components and
systems, which have been precisely aligned and combined into a
harmonious overall package, guarantee maximum agility as well as an
outstanding level of comfort. The construction of the suspension
comprises a double wishbone front axle and a five-arm rear axle as
well as a specifically reinforced steel spring system and
electronically controlled dampers with independent characteristic
diagrams. 20-inch light alloy wheels with mixed tyres permit enhanced
lateral acceleration and maximum track stability during dynamic
cornering. The sports brake system also guarantees constantly high
braking performance even under extreme conditions.

Active Roll Stabilisation contributes additionally to the supreme
handling characteristics of the new BMW X5 Protection VR6. The
vehicle’s electric swivel motors ensure fast and precise compensation
of body roll during dynamic cornering. Furthermore, they actively
counter the vibrations triggered by unevenness on one side of the
road. As a result, the vehicle’s self-steering and load change
behaviour are both noticeably optimised. Therefore, Active Roll
Stabilisation enhances the comfort, agility and stability of the new BMW X5 Protection VR6.

Moreover, the standard equipment of the security vehicle also
includes Integral Active Steering. The front and rear wheels steer in
opposing directions or turn in the same direction depending on the
current speed. Thus, agility during cornering and stability during
lane change are enhanced, as are the manoeuvrability of the vehicle in
city traffic and parking.  

Comprehensive comfort and safety features, individual options.

Thanks to its integrated safety concept, the new BMW X5 Protection
VR6 is equipped to cope with every-day traffic conditions as well as
those situations requiring special protection and flexible reactions.
At the same time, it offers the degree of sportiness, versatility and
comfort that is characteristic of the BMW X5. There are four seats
available in the generously sized interior. Due to the holistic
development concept, convenient entry and exit as well as all-round
visibility offered by the production vehicle are fully retained.

The windscreen and front section of the side windows come as standard
with heating function. The security glazing features electric windows
on the driver’s side. Optionally, electric windows can also be
installed at the passenger’s side. In addition, the opening height of
the windows at the front can be limited to around ten centimetres to
enable communication with the outside world and the exchange of
documents while preventing larger objects from entering the vehicle.

Standard model-specific features of the BMW X5 Protection VR6 include
an intercom and an attack alarm system. The intercom facilitates
communication with persons outside the vehicle without the need to
open doors or windows. For this purpose, exterior mirror-integrated
microphones, an external loudspeaker and a hands-free microphone,
which is installed in the roof liner, as well as additional internal
loudspeakers, are used. The attack alarm function ensures at the push
of a button that the doors are automatically locked and the windows on
the driver’s and passenger’s side are closed. Furthermore, audible and
visual alarms are activated. Control elements for the system as well
as further model-specific functions are installed in an additional
switch panel in front of the gear selector lever.

Standard equipment features include, inter alia, 4-zone automatic
climate control, a hi-fi loudspeaker system, Ambient Light, Automatic
Soft Close for the doors and the M leather steering wheel. Additional
standard features are the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, the
multi-display set-up of which comprises a fully digital instrument
cluster and a 12.3-inch control display enabling the driver of the BMW
X5 Protection VR6 to use the diverse online-based services from BMW
Connected and BMW ConnectedDrive. This also includes the BMW
Intelligent Personal Assistant, a system that facilitates the
operation of numerous functions by means of natural voice commands.

The range of optional equipment also includes, inter alia, comfort
seats, Active Seat Ventilation and a massage function, Rear Seat
Entertainment Professional and glass applications for selected control
elements. Furthermore, all exterior colours, seat upholsteries and
interior trim strips available for the SAV can be chosen for
individualising the BMW X5 Protection VR6. Additional ease of
manoeuvrability is provided by a reversing camera and Surround View,
including the Remote 3D View function, which transmits a live image of
the vehicle and its surroundings to the customer’s smartphone. BMW
Laser Light with Selective Beam, which increases the high beam range
to more than 500 metres, is also available for the security vehicle as
an alternative to the standard LED headlights.

Moreover, additional optional features designed to suit each model
are available for each desired purpose. Therefore, the new BMW
X5 Protection VR6 can be additionally equipped, for example, with LED
front flashers in the radiator grille, rear flashers, roof-mounted
light beacons including signal tone system, a roof antenna with
additional receiver for digital radio as well as armour-plating for
the vehicle batteries. A pennant holder is also available for
representation purposes.

BMW offers customers discreet and confidential advice from
experienced experts. A high degree of flexibility with regard to
customer needs leads to individual solutions. A further network of
qualified BMW service partners guarantees reliable support with regard
to maintenance, repair and supply of parts. Special driver training is
also offered.

The new BMW X5 Protection VR6: a genuine BMW for customised protection.

Like all of the Bavarian brand’s security vehicles, the new BMW X5
Protection VR6 was subjected to a comprehensive testing regime. This
includes test and calibration drives within the framework of the
serial development process, which guarantee reliable performance and
function also under extreme conditions.

The security vehicle is already fitted with its unique suspension
technology at the BMW Spartanburg plant in the US federal state of
South Carolina, where the new BMW X5 Protection VR6 is produced
alongside the production model variants of the SAV. The subsequent
integration of protective equipment and further model-specific safety
features by highly qualified experts at the manufacturer’s special
plant in Toluca, Mexico, offers uncompromising implementation of the
holistic safety concept. As opposed to retro-fitted armoured vehicles,
which may compromise security or have components subjected to
excessive loads, production is carried out according to stringent BMW
quality standards.

Ballistic testing is carried out by an independent state testing
authority to verify the resistance effect of the armouring and
security glazing in accordance with internationally recognised
guidelines. However, the ballistic tests exceed by far the usual
requirements. In addition to the required 90 and 45-degree ballistic
tests, the test scenario is supplemented by gunfire from additional
angles in order to best reflect realistic conditions. The official
testing and certification of the entire vehicle provides evidence of
the reliability of the safety concept as a whole.

Unique experience: the first BMW security vehicle was built
more than 40 years ago.

All over the world, private individuals, officials and celebrities
alike rely on security vehicles from BMW. The high reputation is built
not least on a unique tradition. The BMW Group has more than 40 years
of experience in the development and production of security vehicles
with model-specific protective equipment. As early as in 1978, BMW
presented the first security vehicle based on a BMW 7 Series sedan.
Even then, the BMW 733i High Security offered a holistic security
concept and hence considerable advantages compared to retro-fitted
security vehicles. For each of the following generations, a high
security version of the luxury sedan was also produced.

Further security vehicles were built based on the BMW 3 Series and
the BMW 5 Series. In 2004, the BMW X5 Security was the first Sports
Activity Vehicle with model-specific protective equipment to arrive on
the market. In 2009, the BMW X5 Security Plus was the first vehicle of
its kind to comply with the requirements of resistance class 6. With
the new BMW X5 Protection VR6, the fourth generation of the SAV is now
offered as a security vehicle. The equipment features designed to
offer protection against attacks and other hazards have been
consistently further developed during the course of time. Thus, once
again, the new BMW X5 Protection VR6 sets benchmarks in the protection
of persons at risk.

The figures for fuel consumption,
CO2 emissions and power consumption are calculated based on
the measurement methods stipulated in the current version of
Regulation (EU) 2007/715. The figures are calculated using a
vehicle fitted with basic equipment in Germany, the ranges
stated take into account differences in selected wheel and
tyre sizes as well as the optional equipment. They may change
during configuration.

The figures have already been calculated based on the new
WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes.
In these vehicles, different figures than those published here
may apply for the assessment of taxes and other
vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2 emissions.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures
and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer
to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and
power consumption of new cars”, available free of charge
at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen
and at

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